World number one Novak Djokovic meets US Open winner Dominic Thiem in the first semi-final of the 2020 ATP Tour Finals in London. The match is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 and will begin at 2pm local time (9am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem Head to Head
This will be the 12th meeting between both players, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 7-4. The Serb won their first five meetings, but Thiem has come back for a strong 4-2 lead since. They met at the finals of the Australian Open this year, where Thiem lead two sets to one, but Djokovic came back to win his eighth title at Melbourne Park. They also met in the group stages here in London in 2019 and Thiem won a nail-biting match in a decider.
Djokovic Aiming To Close 2020 On a High
Novak Djokovic just equaled Pete Sampras for the all-time record of most year end number one rankings, being year end world number one for the sixth time in his career. He is also a five time winner of the ATP Tour Finals, and one short of the six-time winner, Roger Federer and will have eyes on that as the season draws to a close.
It has been a mixed year for Djokovic after an unbeaten start leading Serbia to the ATP Cup, winning the Australian Open and the ATP 500 at Dubai, going into the Covid-19 hiatus. The season was not one without controversy with the Adria Tour and its repercussions and the disqualification issue at the US Open.
The Serb did well to win the Western & Southern Open and the Rome Masters 1000 titles, but has not quite looked himself since the suprisingly one sided score line against Rafael Nadal at the French Open final. Uncharacteristic losses at Vienna to Lorenzo Sonego and in the group stages here to Daniil Medvedev followed, where the Serb lost in straight sets winning 3-4 games a set.
In the ‘do-or-die’ final round match against Alexander Zverev, Djokovic started off strongly winning the first set comfortably with one break of serve, 6-3. The second set was more evenly fought with Zverev not giving much to the Serb, who did well to hang in with Zverev, who was hitting a flurry of winners. As the match headed into a second set tie-break, the players did not give each other much until a Zverev error at 3-3 resulted in Djokovic winning the set 7-4 and qualifying for the semi-finals yet again at the O2 arena.
Having had three nail biting encounters in recent times against Thiem, the world number is up against him next and knows this has the potential to be another thriller.
Thiem Hoping For Another London Final
The 2019 ATP Tour Finals runner-up Dominic Thiem has had a positive 2020 with the Australian Open runner-up prize and the US Open title being the highlights of his year. Thiem got off to another strong start at the tournament here in London, with back-to-back wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal in his first two matches.
Given that Nadal and Tsitsipas both had a 1-1 record with wins against Andrey Rublev each respectively, it left Thiem as the winner of Group London 2020, with a 2-0 record at the time and left him as the winner of any tie-break against Nadal or Tsitsispas. Since his final group match against Rublev was only of academic interest, the Austrian was not as motivated as in the earlier matches and put a somewhat lacklustre performance.
Rublev, on the other hand was disappointed after letting go of match points with a double fault against Tsitsipas and was desperate to end his first visit to the tournament with a win under his belt. A strong display by the Russian ensured a 6-2, 7-5 straight sets win and similar to last year, a loss for Thiem once he had qualified for the final four ( it was against Matteo Berrettini in 2019)
Ranked number three in the world, and with the ‘monkey off his back’ of winning a first ever major, Thiem will definitely fancy his chances of winning the title here this weekend. However, in fitting manner the final four of the final tournament for the season has the top four players in the world and no matches are easy at this stage. The Austrian knows his next opponent, Novak Djokovic is the best there is out there, but will also take heart from the fact that he has got the better of him in recent times.
Djokovic v Thiem Prediction and Tip
There has not been much to choose between those two players in their last few meetings, and this time around there does not look like there is much again. While Djokovic is not at his invincible best, he is not one to undermine in the latter stages of a tournament as big as this. Thiem has been in excellent form in recent times and looked very strong in his group match against Nadal, and has had some good results against Djokovic in recent times.
A cracker of a match without much to choose from; Thiem edges Djokovic out in another tight decider.
Tip: Thiem to win in three sets: 4/1 (bet365)